10 Apr 2019

A&P Tyne has completed a non-routine docking and a special survey docking for Rever Offshore’s diving support vessels Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris, respectively.

The 6064 tonne Rever Sapphire underwent dry docking, survey and repairs earlier this year in a month-long programme of work, which was spent in dock and alongside on the West Quay.

Work included repairs to a swing up thruster, the rebranding of the vessel following a name change as well as a series of upgrades including changing out boom heel pins and bearings for the Hydramarine crane, providing a series of critical welds on the slewing column, Hydramarine boom and Dreggen crane, replacing seals on the Hydramarine crane auxiliary hoist system reduction gearbox and fabricating and replacing the hyperbaric lifeboat’s exhaust manifold.

The 8234 tonne Rever Polaris followed Sapphire into the dock for an eight-week programme as part of its special survey docking. The vessel left A&P’s Tyne facility earlier this month.

A&P Tyne’s substantial scope of work included completing a 35,000 hour overhaul of the port and starboard azimuth thrusters, re-routing external drainage for the helideck, replacing deluge pipework on the gas deck, relocating satellite tracking antenna, calibrating anchors and chains, repairing and repainting the bumper bars and bulwarks, replacing external walkway lighting and carrying out extensive reactive steel repairs, as identified by the vessel manager throughout the docking special survey.

Aaron Burbridge, A&P North East said: “Both vessels required a blend of technical marine expertise and strong project management skills to ensure the work was completed to the highest quality and the vessels were returned to service as quickly as possible. The North East team completed this work to an exceptional standard during what has been a particularly busy start to the year for the Hebburn facility.”

Graeme Wood, Assets and Services Director for Rever Offshore said: “These were two high profile and strategically important projects for Rever Offshore and A&P North East did a fantastic job in supporting us and completing an exacting programme to the very highest technical standards. Whilst both scopes had their challenges, the work was completed safely and in a timely and well organised manner, demonstrating a good, positive working relationship between A&P and the crew.”